Over the years, we have found that guests usually have specific questions that they would like to have answered in order to help them to decide on the right place to go for their hunting trip. We'll try to answer those questions with the following "bullets":
We have 8 log cabins and a lodge (for eating and relaxing) on the north shore of Long Pond, 6 miles east of Jackman; the cabins are heated with gas heaters. They are equipped with gas refrigerators, gas stoves, sinks, utensils, bedding (most of our hunters bring sleeping bags), gas lights, 5-gallon spigot jugs for spring water (filled at the shower house), and private out-houses. The lodge has part-time, generator-supplied electricity and is open around-the-clock for guests to relax in or shoot a game of pool; it is also where our “Modified American Plan” (evening meal plus bag lunches) guests eat their suppers. There are also several places in town to buy meals, as well as sandwiches, pizza and bakery specialties to go. We also have a heated showerhouse with three individual shower rooms available 24 hours a day.
The weather in Jackman tends to be quite unpredictable and will be a factor in your hunt. Whether or not you get a deer will depend on your skill, your luck and the weather. We have found that success rates go up dramatically during weeks that hunters are able to spend every daylight hour hunting.
Our hunters have been successful using a variety of calibers,including 30-06, 308, 270, 243, 30-30 and slugs.
Our largest bucks during the last few years have been 8 pointers, one 220 lbs and the other 250 lbs. A good week for us has 2-3 deer on the pole with one over 180 lbs. A great week for us has 4 deer on the pole with one over 200 lbs. Not all weeks are good or great.
Each week of the rifle season has its own advantage and the biologists report that each of the weeks usually results in the same number of deer harvested. The first week has better odds of warmer weather and the deer have not seen any hunters (many deer in the Jackman area have NEVER seen a hunter); the second and third weeks of November usually encompass the rut; and the third and fourth weeks are almost sure to have tracking snow. It is not unusual for it to snow from mid-October on in the Jackman area.
The buck-doe ratio is about 50:50; the deer herd is managed for six per square mile; there are probably 3 or 4 times that many deer in some states to our south, such as NJ; our success rates are between 10 and 25%, depending on the variables mentioned above (skill, luck & weather).
The hunting terrain varies from hardwood and softwood mountains to boggy cedar swamps and blow-downs. There are some oak trees about a mile away and the area is dotted with clusters of beech trees for mast. Most shots are taken at less than 50 yards and most hunters describe the area as "very thick". Most of our deer are taken within five miles of camp.
Stand hunters bring their own portable stands and set them up after doing some scouting.
*We have cut several trails through the woods and give you a map when you arrive. Most of the deer taken at The Last Resort are taken while still (very) hunting on the ground.
For free, you will be "guide assisted." This is a fancy phrase which means that we are going to do everything we can to help you to be successful. We brief each group of hunters on the best places/methods to hunt depending on their preferences and experience. Most hunters that are willing to go into the forest a bit (let's say 1/2 mile) and patiently wait for the deer to come to them are going to be rewarded for their effort.
Archery hunting in October can be a special treat in the Jackman area due to the lack of pressure, warmer weather and autumn beauty. You might also want to bring a shotgun for some mid-day partridge hunting.
Jackman is about 3.5 hours from Portland, Maine, where you can fly into and rent a vehicle. It's about 5.5 hours from Boston, Mass and 7 hours from Hartford, Conn.
to the main camps is via a 6 mile long dirt/gravel
road; a 4wd is
generally necessary during November and it's a good
idea to have a set
of heavy duty chains. A new bridge over Upper
Churchill Stream now
allows pickup trucks to cross the stream. In the
past, crossing was
done by foot or ATV. This bridge has opened up a
huge new area of
hunting for our guests.
Prices: November 1 thru November 20 (nights
DEER HUNTING WEEKS (SUN 1:00 PM TO SAT 10:00 AM)
CABIN: lakefront, 1 dbl - $300 per cabin
Saturday on either side of standard hunting week
is 1/6 weekly rate.
Please see our Rates page for current tax rates.
THE LAST RESORT * JACKMAN, MAINE * (207) 668-5091 * firstname.lastname@example.org